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Budget 2015 “revision” is just a PR exercise, USD55 per barrel price unrealistic

Media statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 20th January 2015 On 27 October 2014, when the crude oil price was hovering at the US$80-85 per barrel mark, I called on Prime Minister and Finance Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak to revise the budget which had been… Read More

Najib’s excessive control over developmental allocation

Budget Speech (Part 2) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong One salient feature of Budget 2015 is the Prime Minister’s Department’s excessive control of the already very small development allocation. Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) has sliced away more budget allocation from other ministries over the last decade. According… Read More

Call on Najib to brief Parliament on the impact of failing oil prices on the Budget

Budget Speech (Part 1) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP by Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 28th October 2014 in Parliament One of the “Black Swan events” that the current budget did not anticipate is the falling oil prices. The black swan theory, developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is a metaphor that describes… Read More

Doing more of the same won’t help our economy

Albert Einstein was said to have remarked, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” In other words, doing more of the same really won’t help.  It is insane to think that Malaysia can avoid the next economic mayhem by doing more of the same, or worse still, doing… Read More

GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally

Media statement by DAP Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong on 18th May 2013 in Kuala Lumpur:  GST: the cat is out of the bag, finally With Idris Jala’s latest revelation, the Barisan Nasional Government is finally letting the goods and services tax (GST) cat out of the bag. Pakatan Rakyat… Read More

Pakatan Rakyat: Building an economy for all

Barisan Nasional paraded its “55 years” of track record” in “fulfillment of promises” – Janji Ditepati –  during the Prime Minister Najib Razak’s recent roadshows and on National Day 2012. One would expect a government with such a long experience in office would have long term strategies for the nation. Unfortunately, apart from arguing that… Read More

Small and medium industries deserve a better deal

Joint media statement by Pakatan Rakyat Policy Committee on 16th January 2013 in Kuala Lumpur Small and medium industries deserve a better deal Pakatan Rakyat understands the concerns of the small and medium entrepreneur industries (SMEs) especially in the context of the implementation of minimum wage policy and calls on the Barisan Nasional Federal Government… Read More

Rethinking wage policy to reposition our economy

Although the minimum wage law is scheduled to take effect in January 2013, the Barisan Nasional Government does not seem to be particularly committed to re-imagine the Malaysian economy through wage policy reform. Efforts to smoothen the transition for small and middle industries are seriously lacking too. Minimum wage is meant to tackle several long-standing… Read More

Agenda Ekonomi Saksama

Amidst an increasing global realisation that inequality hurts growth, general well-being of the population and, ultimately, stability, DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng articulates an Agenda Ekonomi Saksama to orient DAP and Pakatan Rakyat on the question of inequality. At a Roketkini forum, Guan Eng plays on the initials of the Automated Enforcement System in jest… Read More

World Bank’s Report on Malaysian Minimum Wages

WB Minimum Wages

In view of the near-nonsensical discussion in the media on minimum wage by Barisan Nasional elected representatives, I decided to release my copy of a confidential report by the World Bank to the Malaysian Government entitled “Optimal design for a minimum wage policy in Malaysia.” I am encouraged to do so by Kota Belud MP… Read More

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    Pertama sekali izinkan saya tegaskan bahawa Muslim berhak mempercayai undang-undang hudud. Saya hormati hak itu seperti mana saya percaya golongan Muslim juga menghormati hak penganut agama-agama lain.

    Bagaimanapun dalam kes enakmen hudud Kelantan yang terkait bukan cuma persoalan perundangan tetapi juga muslihat politik yang bertujuan melenyapkan golongan progresif dalam PAS dan juga memecahbelahkan Pakatan Rakyat.

    Lebih buruk daripada itu, walaupun mungkin secara tidak sengaja, perbalahan dan kemarahan yang timbul daripada perbahasan hangat berkaitan hudud mampu memporak-perandakan negara.

    Matlamat akhir puak yang merencanakan muslihat ini ialah untuk menghasilkan konflik “Muslim lawan bukan-Muslim”.

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    Rencana Perkara terselindung di sebalik kontroversi hudud 23 Mac 2015 oleh Liew Chin Tong Pertama sekali izinkan saya tegaskan bahawa Muslim berhak mempercayai undang-undang hudud. Saya hormati hak itu seperti mana saya percaya golongan Muslim juga menghormati hak penganut agama-agama lain. Bagaiman…

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    Berita Kerajaan beli jet peribadi baru, kenapa tak boleh subsidi pengangkutan awam?- Chin Tong 21 Mac 2015 KLUANG, 21 MAC: Akuan Menteri Pengangkutan Liow Tiong Lai kononnya tidak mengetahui kenaikan kadar tambang bas, teksi dan keretapi oleh Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) adalah satu la…

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    Kenyataan Akhbar oleh Setiausaha Agung DAP Lim Guan Eng di Kuala Lumpur pada 24 Mac 2015.

    Pada 23 Mac 2015, Jawatankuasa Tertinggi Pusat (CEC) DAP telah dengan sebulat suara menetapkan bahawa:

    1. DAP menegaskan semula komitmen kepada Pakatan Rakyat sebagai gabungan pentadbiran yang mewakili aspirasi semua rakyat Malaysia, tanpa mengira kaum, agama atau kepercayaan, yang berhasrat untuk membina Malaysia baru berdasarkan nilai-nilai asas seperti kebebasan, keadilan, demokrasi, integriti dan martabat manusia. DAP juga mengulangi pendirian bahawa semua parti komponen Pakatan Rakyat harus berpegang kepada semangat Dasar Bersama melalui muafakat yang berkisar pada amanah dan sifat saling menghormati dalam Majlis Pimpinan PR.

    2. DAP menolak pelaksanaan undang-undang hudud kerana ia bercanggah dengan Perlembagaan. Tambahan pula, rakyat Malaysia yang menyokong PAS dalam Pilihan Raya Umum yang lalu tidak mengundi untuk pelaksanaan hudud tetapi untuk Dasar Bersama. Justeru, setiap 37 Ahli Parlimen DAP akan menolak Rang Undang-undang Persendirian berkenaan dengan hudud yang dibentangkan oleh Presiden PAS Dato’ Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

    3. DAP berasa kesal atas tindakan tidak jujur dan tidak bermaruah Presiden PAS Dato’ Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang yang bekerjasama dengan UMNO untuk melanggari semangat konsensus serta Dasar Bersama yang lantas meletakkan Pakatan Rakyat dalam bahawa, yakni:

    i. Pengkhianatan Hadi terhadap keputusan bersama yang dibuat dalam Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat atas pencalonan Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail sebagai calon tunggal Pakatan Rakyat untuk jawatan Menteri Besar Selangor, sehingga mengakibatkan krisis besar yang berlarutan dan hampir menjatuhkan Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Selangor.;

    ii. Kegagalan Hadi untuk menepati kata-kata sendiri semasa Majlis Pimpinan PR pada 8 Februari 2015 bahawa Enakmen Kanun Jenayah Syariah II Kelantan 2015 akan dibincangkan pada Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat pada masa depan;

    iii. Pembentangan Rang Undang-undang Persendirian oleh Hadi pada 18 Mac 2015 tanpa terlebih dahulu membentangkan kepada Jawatankuasa Pusat PAS serta Majlis Pimpinan PR.

    4. DAP tidak boleh berkerjasama dengan Presiden PAS seperti Hadi Awang yang tetap bertindak secara tidak jujur dan tidak bermaruah. DAP hilang kepercayaan dan keyakinan pada Hadi sebagai pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat dan akan memutuskan hubungan serta menghentikan kerjasama dengan beliau. Oleh kerana Hadi adalah pemimpin PAS dalam PR, keputusan untuk memutuskan hubungan dengan Hadi secara efektif akan meletakkan Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat dalam keadaan terawang-awang. DAP akan bertemu dengan kepimpinan PKR untuk membincangkan nasib Pakatan Rakyat pada masa depan.

    5. UMNO telah menghasut PAS untuk melaksanakan undang-undang hudud di Kelantan pada 27 Mac 2014 semasa sidang Parlimen dengan menjanjikan sokongan Kerajaan Persekutuan. DAP menggesa agar Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak tidak melengahkan masa lagi dan membuat pendirian jelas dan tegas sama ada akan menyokong atau menolak enakmen hudud di Kelantan, serta menjelaskan peranan Adun-adun UMNO Kelantan dalam menyokong rang undang-undang hudud. Najib juga harus menyatakan sama ada beliau menyokong Rang Undang-undang Persendirian yang dibentangkan oleh Hadi.

    LIM GUAN ENG

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    Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 24 March 2015:

    The DAP CEC on 23rd March 2015 unanimously resolved:

    1. DAP reaffirms our commitment to Pakatan Rakyat as the governing coalition that embodies the aspirations of all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion and creed, who aspires to build a new Malaysia based on the fundamental values of freedom, justice, democracy, integrity and human dignity. The DAP also reiterates that the Pakatan Rakyat coalition parties must adhere to the spirit of the Common Policy Framework operating through the spirit of consensus centred on trust and mutual respect in the Majlis Pimpinan PR (PR Leadership Council).

    2. DAP opposes the implementation of hudud laws because it is unconstitutional. Furthermore, Malaysians who supported PAS in the last General Election did not vote for the implementation of hudud but for the Common Policy Framework. Therefore, all 37 DAP MPs will oppose the Private Member's Bill on hudud submitted by PAS President Dato' Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

    3. DAP deplores the dishonest and dishonourable acts of PAS President Dato Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang of co-operating with UMNO to violate this spirit of consensus as well as the Common Policy Framework that has jeopardised Pakatan Rakyat such as:-

    i. Hadi’s betrayal of the collective decision made by the Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat on the nomination of Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Pakatan Rakyat’s sole candidate for the position of Menteri Besar of Selangor, which resulted in a full blown and protracted crisis that threatened to bring down the Pakatan’s Selangor Government;

    ii. Hadi’s failure to honour his own words during the Majlis Pimpinan PR on 8 February 2015 that the Enakmen Kanun Jenayah Syariah II Kelantan 2015 would be discussed at future Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat meetings;

    iii. Hadi’s submission of Private Member’s Bill on 18th March 2015 without presenting it to the PAS Central Committee and Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat.

    4. DAP is unable to work with a PAS President like Hadi Awang who persists in such dishonest and dishonourable acts. The DAP has lost trust and confidence in Hadi as a Pakatan Rakyat leader and will end ties and cease to work with him. As Hadi is the PAS leader in PR, DAP's decision to end all ties with Hadi will effectively put the Majlis Pimpinan or the Pakatan Rakyat Leadership Council in limbo. DAP will meet the PKR leadership to discuss the future course of Pakatan Rakyat.

    5. UMNO has instigated PAS to implement hudud laws in Kelantan on 27 March 2014 in Parliament by promising Federal Government support. DAP urges the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak not to make any further delays in making a clear and unequivocal stand on whether to oppose or support the hudud enactment in Kelantan, as well as clarify the role of UMNO Kelantan State Assemblymen in supporting the hudud bill. Najib must also declare whether he supports the Private Member’s Bill tabled by Hadi.

    LIM GUAN ENG

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    March 24, 2015 at 1:20 pm

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    Kenyataan Akhbar oleh Setiausaha Agung DAP Lim Guan Eng di Kuala Lumpur pada 24 Mac 2015.

    Pada 23 Mac 2015, Jawatankuasa Tertinggi Pusat (CEC) DAP telah dengan sebulat suara menetapkan bahawa:

    1. DAP menegaskan semula komitmen kepada Pakatan Rakyat sebagai gabungan pentadbiran yang mewakili aspirasi semua rakyat Malaysia, tanpa mengira kaum, agama atau kepercayaan, yang berhasrat untuk membina Malaysia baru berdasarkan nilai-nilai asas seperti kebebasan, keadilan, demokrasi, integriti dan martabat manusia. DAP juga mengulangi pendirian bahawa semua parti komponen Pakatan Rakyat harus berpegang kepada semangat Dasar Bersama melalui muafakat yang berkisar pada amanah dan sifat saling menghormati dalam Majlis Pimpinan PR.

    2. DAP menolak pelaksanaan undang-undang hudud kerana ia bercanggah dengan Perlembagaan. Tambahan pula, rakyat Malaysia yang menyokong PAS dalam Pilihan Raya Umum yang lalu tidak mengundi untuk pelaksanaan hudud tetapi untuk Dasar Bersama. Justeru, setiap 37 Ahli Parlimen DAP akan menolak Rang Undang-undang Persendirian berkenaan dengan hudud yang dibentangkan oleh Presiden PAS Dato’ Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

    3. DAP berasa kesal atas tindakan tidak jujur dan tidak bermaruah Presiden PAS Dato’ Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang yang bekerjasama dengan UMNO untuk melanggari semangat konsensus serta Dasar Bersama yang lantas meletakkan Pakatan Rakyat dalam bahawa, yakni:

    i. Pengkhianatan Hadi terhadap keputusan bersama yang dibuat dalam Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat atas pencalonan Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail sebagai calon tunggal Pakatan Rakyat untuk jawatan Menteri Besar Selangor, sehingga mengakibatkan krisis besar yang berlarutan dan hampir menjatuhkan Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Selangor.;

    ii. Kegagalan Hadi untuk menepati kata-kata sendiri semasa Majlis Pimpinan PR pada 8 Februari 2015 bahawa Enakmen Kanun Jenayah Syariah II Kelantan 2015 akan dibincangkan pada Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat pada masa depan;

    iii. Pembentangan Rang Undang-undang Persendirian oleh Hadi pada 18 Mac 2015 tanpa terlebih dahulu membentangkan kepada Jawatankuasa Pusat PAS serta Majlis Pimpinan PR.

    4. DAP tidak boleh berkerjasama dengan Presiden PAS seperti Hadi Awang yang tetap bertindak secara tidak jujur dan tidak bermaruah. DAP hilang kepercayaan dan keyakinan pada Hadi sebagai pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat dan akan memutuskan hubungan serta menghentikan kerjasama dengan beliau. Oleh kerana Hadi adalah pemimpin PAS dalam PR, keputusan untuk memutuskan hubungan dengan Hadi secara efektif akan meletakkan Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat dalam keadaan terawang-awang. DAP akan bertemu dengan kepimpinan PKR untuk membincangkan nasib Pakatan Rakyat pada masa depan.

    5. UMNO telah menghasut PAS untuk melaksanakan undang-undang hudud di Kelantan pada 27 Mac 2014 semasa sidang Parlimen dengan menjanjikan sokongan Kerajaan Persekutuan. DAP menggesa agar Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak tidak melengahkan masa lagi dan membuat pendirian jelas dan tegas sama ada akan menyokong atau menolak enakmen hudud di Kelantan, serta menjelaskan peranan Adun-adun UMNO Kelantan dalam menyokong rang undang-undang hudud. Najib juga harus menyatakan sama ada beliau menyokong Rang Undang-undang Persendirian yang dibentangkan oleh Hadi.

    LIM GUAN ENG

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    Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 24 March 2015:

    The DAP CEC on 23rd March 2015 unanimously resolved:

    1. DAP reaffirms our commitment to Pakatan Rakyat as the governing coalition that embodies the aspirations of all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion and creed, who aspires to build a new Malaysia based on the fundamental values of freedom, justice, democracy, integrity and human dignity. The DAP also reiterates that the Pakatan Rakyat coalition parties must adhere to the spirit of the Common Policy Framework operating through the spirit of consensus centred on trust and mutual respect in the Majlis Pimpinan PR (PR Leadership Council).

    2. DAP opposes the implementation of hudud laws because it is unconstitutional. Furthermore, Malaysians who supported PAS in the last General Election did not vote for the implementation of hudud but for the Common Policy Framework. Therefore, all 37 DAP MPs will oppose the Private Member's Bill on hudud submitted by PAS President Dato' Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

    3. DAP deplores the dishonest and dishonourable acts of PAS President Dato Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang of co-operating with UMNO to violate this spirit of consensus as well as the Common Policy Framework that has jeopardised Pakatan Rakyat such as:-

    i. Hadi’s betrayal of the collective decision made by the Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat on the nomination of Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Pakatan Rakyat’s sole candidate for the position of Menteri Besar of Selangor, which resulted in a full blown and protracted crisis that threatened to bring down the Pakatan’s Selangor Government;

    ii. Hadi’s failure to honour his own words during the Majlis Pimpinan PR on 8 February 2015 that the Enakmen Kanun Jenayah Syariah II Kelantan 2015 would be discussed at future Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat meetings;

    iii. Hadi’s submission of Private Member’s Bill on 18th March 2015 without presenting it to the PAS Central Committee and Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat.

    4. DAP is unable to work with a PAS President like Hadi Awang who persists in such dishonest and dishonourable acts. The DAP has lost trust and confidence in Hadi as a Pakatan Rakyat leader and will end ties and cease to work with him. As Hadi is the PAS leader in PR, DAP's decision to end all ties with Hadi will effectively put the Majlis Pimpinan or the Pakatan Rakyat Leadership Council in limbo. DAP will meet the PKR leadership to discuss the future course of Pakatan Rakyat.

    5. UMNO has instigated PAS to implement hudud laws in Kelantan on 27 March 2014 in Parliament by promising Federal Government support. DAP urges the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak not to make any further delays in making a clear and unequivocal stand on whether to oppose or support the hudud enactment in Kelantan, as well as clarify the role of UMNO Kelantan State Assemblymen in supporting the hudud bill. Najib must also declare whether he supports the Private Member’s Bill tabled by Hadi.

    LIM GUAN ENG